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Richard Granville  Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Granville has over 25 years of new technology development, sales, marketing and executive management experience.  From early 2009 to present, Mr. Granville has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yippy, Inc. From November 2006 to September 2008, Mr. Granville served as Chief Executive Officer of Jack9 Entertainment, Inc ("Jack9"). Jack9 was one of the most successful IPTV units online and under Mr. Granville's direction, achieved a top 250 web property. From March 2003 to October 2006, Mr. Granville served as President of Southpaw, Inc., a Florida building contractor that served central Florida for residential and light commercial construction. From June 2001 to March 2003, Mr. Granville served as President of Granville Management Services, where he helped small emerging businesses in the "green" technologies sector.  From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Granville also served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avana Communications aka: Grace Development, Inc., a public telecommunications company serving customers in the southeast. Mr. Granville was succeeded by Ben Holcomb the former President of Bell South International in Feb. 2000 and sold his majority position to David Einhorn from Greenlight Capital. Prior to Avana, Mr. Granville held multiple executive and senior management positions for Fortune 500 companies.  Mr. Granville is a veteran of the United States Navy and attended Kennesaw State University.

 

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Mike Pointer  Chief Scientist/Operations Officer

Mr. Pointer has over 20 years of experience in the Enterprise Software space and sixteen years of management experience in enterprise consulting, technical support, and technical sales.  Pointer’s background includes twenty years of enterprise search, knowledge management, and integration work in both startups and for the Fortune 500.  Pointer has a proven track record of delivering high customer satisfaction ratings, complex implementation and enterprise application integrations, and deep troubleshooting across a range of industries.  Before joining Yippy, Pointer served as a Sr. Watson Solution Architect and Worldwide Technical Support Manager for Watson Explorer for IBM since 2012, and as Vivisimo’s Senior Director of Customer Support for six years prior to the IBM acquisition of Vivisimo.  At Vivisimo, Mike was responsible for founding the first Vivisimo Velocity training program and reported directly to Vivisimo’s co-founder and eventual IBM Distinguished Engineer and VP, Jerome Pesenti.  He attended the University of Pittsburgh - MS Physics and Ohio University Honors College - BS Physics.

 

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John Routhier  Chief Sales/Strategy Officer

Routhier has over 15 years’ experience as a sales and marketing executive with a record of rapidly growing sales through the implementation of strategic marketing campaigns, development of corporate strategy and business alliances.  Prior to joining Yippy, Routhier served as the VP of Sales and Marketing for Crowe Paradis Services Corporation, which was purchased by Verisk Analytics (VRSK Fortune 500).   Recently Routhier has been consulting with Derby Management for companies such as Forerun Systems, Aviant Healthcare and Chase Corporation.  Routhier is also currently a mentor for startup incubators such as Techstars, MassChallenge and Tufts $100k Challenge.  He attended Tufts University (Captain of Football Team) and MIT Sloan School of Management.